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[ri-nouns] /rɪˈnaʊns/
verb (used with object), renounced, renouncing.
to give up or put aside voluntarily:
to renounce worldly pleasures.
to give up by formal declaration:
to renounce a claim.
to repudiate; disown:
to renounce one's son.
verb (used without object), renounced, renouncing.
  1. to play a card of a different suit from that led.
  2. to abandon or give up a suit led.
  3. to fail to follow the suit led.
Cards. an act or instance of renouncing.
Origin of renounce
1325-75; Middle English renouncen < Middle French renoncer < Latin renūntiāre to bring back word, disclaim, equivalent to re- re- + nūntiāre to announce, derivative of nūntius messenger, news
Related forms
renounceable, renunciable
[ruh-nuhn-see-uh-buh l, -shee-] /rəˈnʌn si ə bəl, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
renouncement, noun
renouncer, noun
nonrenouncing, adjective
self-renounced, adjective
self-renouncement, noun
self-renouncing, adjective
unrenounceable, adjective
unrenounced, adjective
unrenouncing, adjective
unrenunciable, adjective
Can be confused
denounce, renounce.
1. forsake, forgo, forswear, leave, quit. See abandon1 . 2. resign, abdicate. 3. disclaim, reject, disavow, deny.
1. claim. 3. accept. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for renouncement
Historical Examples
  • She showed him her renouncement of Rosser, and sent it forth to post.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • An allusion, presumably, to the renouncement of wine made by Bbur and some of his followers in 933 AH.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • This line shews that Bburs renouncement was of wine only; he continued to eat confections (majn).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Of course the sacrifice is partially a communion; but it is also, and no less essentially, a gift and an act of renouncement.

  • The first is the renouncement of riches and worldly honors; the second is the renouncement of profane desires.

  • I had accepted your own renouncement of the legacy in good part, but now, please believe me, it shall be yours to-morrow.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • He stood aghast at this snap of their great bond, at the renouncement that rang out in the word she so expressively sounded.

    The Altar of the Dead Henry James
  • Now that he had come she felt neither the delight of realised expectation nor the final peace of renouncement.

    The Wheel of Life

    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • But the stress of the whole strange seizure, wrench and renouncement had told on him mentally and physically.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • “I think the impossible lesson to learn would be renouncement,” said Hadria.

British Dictionary definitions for renouncement


(transitive) to give up (a claim or right), esp by formal announcement: to renounce a title
(transitive) to repudiate: to renounce Christianity
(transitive) to give up (some habit, pursuit, etc) voluntarily: to renounce smoking
(intransitive) (cards) to fail to follow suit because one has no cards of the suit led
(rare) a failure to follow suit in a card game
Derived Forms
renouncement, noun
renouncer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French renoncer, from Latin renuntiāre to disclaim, from re- + nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for renouncement



late 14c., from Old French renoncier "give up, cede" (12c., Modern French renoncer), from Latin renuntiare "bring back word; proclaim; protest against, renounce," from re- "against" (see re-) + nuntiare "to report, announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). Related: Renounced; renouncing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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